What Men Want/What Women Want: The Psychology of Attraction
Various researchers have attempted to determine what women and men find attractive in a person of the opposite sex. Most of these studies have refuted popular myths and stereotypes, and yielded a number of unexpected findings. The following articles explain some research findings for attraction that may surprise you.
Surprising Facts About Attraction
- People Wearing Red Are More Attractive to the Opposite Sex: Researchers have found that both men and women rate a person’s attractiveness higher when the individual wears red clothing.
- The Smell of Pumpkin Pie Is an Aphrodisiac: Studies have shown that certain food scents may be sexier than perfumes and colognes.
- What Women Find Attractive in Men Varies with Their Fertility: For several days each month, many women experience a shift in their preferred male type.
- Men Are Attracted to Smiles, Women to Expressions of Pride and Shame: An explanation for the surprising findings of a recent University of British Columbia study.
- Personality Traits Really Do Affect Perception of Appearance: Research has shown that our perceptions of a person’s facial features and body attractiveness actually change significantly based on what we know about his or her personality.
- Danger and Adversity Alter What Men Find Attractive in Women: A series of intriguing studies have found that tough times make certain women more appealing to men.
- Hungry Men Find Heavier Women More Attractive: A number of studies have found that financial adversity or a skipped meal shifts male preference toward bigger females.
- Men and Women Want the Same Things in a Romantic Partner: Despite popular stereotypes, studies show that men and women actually value the same traits in the opposite sex.
- What Women Find Attractive in Men: Various studies have yielded some unexpected findings regarding what women want in a man.
- Men Like Smart Women: Despite a persistent myth that men prefer women who are less intelligent, surveys and marriage statistics show that smart men want partners who are at least as smart as they are.
- Do Opposites Attract?: A number of studies have busted the opposites-attract myth.
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